Choosing a study abroad program is an exciting yet complex process. There are some initial items you'll want to consider before moving forward with an ISA program application.

  1. Meet with your study abroad advisor on campus to talk about course approval, initial paperwork needed for your university and financial aid options.
  2. Research courses you'd like to take abroad and bring those descriptions to your advisor for review and preapproval.
  3. Meet with your Financial Aid Advisor if you are considering using your financial aid for your program abroad.
  4. Review the steps below and prepare to submit your ISA application. Be sure to check the ISA application deadline and the final forms and payment deadline for the program you are interested in.
  5. Contact ISA if you have any questions!

Our phone number is (512) 480-8522. You can also email us at

Step 1 - Meet the Minimum Requirements

Familiarize yourself with the eligibility requirements found under the Overview section of each program on the ISA website and check if there are any additional documents required to complete the ISA application.

  • GPA1 - Requirements for the programs range from 2.50 to 3.30. Please refer to individual programs' eligibility section for specific GPA requirements.
  • Foreign Language Proficiency - Some programs require a certain level of foreign language proficiency. However, ISA offers programs that accommodate a broad range of language levels from programs that require zero language background (courses in English) to programs for students who are fluent in a second language. Please refer to individual programs' eligibility section for specific language requirements.
  • Academic Classification - Some programs may have specific academic standing requirement (i.e. sophomore or junior standing). In addition, some host universities will not consider community college and AP/IB credits when calculating your academic standing.
  • Program Dates - Deviation from ISA program dates is not permissible during any ISA Summer or short-term program. Deviation from ISA program dates for Semester/Academic Year programs are handled on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by your ISA Program Manager prior to acceptance.
  • $200 deposit - A valid credit or debit card is required to pay the $200 application deposit. If you are applying to multiple programs, a $200 application deposit is required for each program. Please have your card ready before you begin the application. Once submitted online, the $200 application deposit is non-refundable.

Step 2 - Review ISA Due Dates & Policies

Check the application due date for the program of your choice, and submit your application and supplemental materials as soon as possible. Due to high enrollment, ISA recommends submitting applications at least one to two months before the application due date. ISA accepts applicants on a rolling basis.

ISA due dates do not necessarily coincide with student visa deadlines. Some programs may or may not require a student visa. Applicants are responsible for researching these requirements which are independent of ISA's application requirements.

Students who apply after the application deadline are subject to a late fee of $150.

See our Prices and Dates page to find out when your final forms and payment are due.

Prior to your official acceptance, please refrain from booking flights for your program. ISA reserves the right to adjust program dates to accommodate host university calendar changes, and is not responsible for airline fare or ticket change fees incurred by program participants. Prices and dates are subject to change without notice.

Review the ISA cancellation policy:

This policy applies to all cancellations, regardless of the reason. Your request to withdraw and receive a refund must be made in writing to ISA. The deposit is non-refundable once your application has been submitted. However, if your application is denied due to eligibility requirements, your deposit will be fully refunded. Alternative payment arrangements (financial aid, payment plans, etc.) do not exempt you from this policy.

  1. If you withdraw from the program on or before the original payment due date, you are liable for the $200 application deposit.
  2. If you withdraw 1-9 days after the original payment due date, you are liable for $750 plus costs incurred by ISA on your behalf.
  3. If you withdraw 10-20 days after the original payment due date, you are liable for $1,250 plus costs incurred by ISA on your behalf. Summer program participants are liable for $1000 plus costs incurred by ISA on your behalf.
  4. If you withdraw 21 or more days after the original payment due date but prior to the final deadline for withdrawal, you are liable for $1,750 plus costs incurred by ISA on your behalf. Summer program participants are liable for $1500 plus costs incurred by ISA on your behalf.
  5. The final deadline to withdraw from any ISA program is 14 days prior to the start date of the program. If you withdraw after this deadline, regardless of the reason for withdrawal, you are not eligible for any refund from ISA.

Signing and returning all documents in your student portal is your responsibility. If you fail to return the documents after repeated notification (email or call), you will be deemed withdrawn and will not be eligible for any refund.

Housing deposits and housing confirmation fees are non-refundable after the original payment due date.

If you change or defer to another ISA program after the payment due date but prior to the final deadline to withdraw, ISA will assess a $500 change fee plus costs incurred. Program changes are not permitted 1-14 days prior to the start of the program.

Step 3 - Complete the Online Application

  1. ONLINE APPLICATION - The online application requires a credit or debit card with a U.S. billing address in order to pay the required deposit. Have ready the following items as you will not be able to save and return to complete later:
    • The Program City, Name and Program Code for the program(s) you are applying to
    • Your passport number (if you currently have one)
    • Your current cumulative GPA
    • Titles and grades of relevant language courses you have already taken
    • Your debit or credit card information (please note that your $200 deposit is non-refundable and will be applied towards your program balance)
  2. PAPER APPLICATION - If you are unable to complete the online application, you can download the complete ISA application. Print, complete, and mail ALL pages of the ISA application, your official college transcript and the $200 non-refundable deposit 2 (either by check made payable to ISA, or by completing the credit or debit card information).

Step 4 - Gain Access to the ISA Student Portal & Review Required Application Materials

Once your online application has been received by your Program Manager, you will receive an email notification containing login information for the ISA student portal system. Please allow 2-3 business days to receive the notification.

Here you will have access to a list containing all the required application materials and instructions on how to submit them. All ISA programs require the ISA Application Supplement (completed with your study abroad advisor) and Official Transcripts from any institution you have attended.

*Official Transcript - If you have attended multiple universities, submit a transcript from each university attended. Students must be enrolled at a college at the time of application, although exceptions may be made. Recent High school graduates may also apply for select Gap Year Programs.

On the portal you will have the ability to upload certain application documents (i.e. ISA Application Supplement) and to view which application materials have or have not been received by ISA. Certain programs require additional application materials and these will be listed in your portal. For your reference, please refer to the chart below and the individual program section of the ISA website for more details.

Academic Letter of Recommendation 3Letter of Intent/Essay Prompt 4Verification of Enrollment
(from home institution)
Academic ReferencesPassport Color ScanOne (1) Profile Photo (passport style)Program Application/ Course Selections
Universidad de la Empresa (Argentina)XXXX
Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (Brazil)X
East China Normal University (China)X
Universidad del Norte (Colombia)XX
Universidad de las Artes (Cuba)XXX
King's College (England)X
Kingston University (England)X
Queen Mary, University of London (England)XX
University of Roehampton (England)XX
University of Westminster (England)X
Freie Universit├Ąt (Germany)X
American College of Thessaloniki (Greece)XX
Maynooth University (Ireland)X
National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland)X
Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)XXX
University College Dublin (Ireland)XXX
University of Limerick (Ireland)XXXX
American University of Rome (Italy)X
Florence University of the Arts and Apicius International School of Hospitality (Italy)X
Musashi University (Japan)XXXXX
(5 photos -
4cm x 3cm)
University of Glasgow (Scotland)XXXX
University of Stirling (Scotland)XXX
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (South Africa)X
University of Cape Town (South Africa)X
Konkuk University (South Korea)XX
Korea University (South Korea)X
Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain)XX
Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain)XX
Universitat de Barcelona (Spain)XX
FSU Study Center (Spain - Valencia)X
Mahidol University (Thailand)XXX

Step 5 - Submit Your Application Materials & Await Status Notification

Submit completed application materials per the instructions on the ISA Student Portal. Application materials should be submitted to the portal and/or arrive in the appropriate ISA office no later than the application deadline.

Send materials for ALL programs, with the exception of Pacific Region or Internship Programs, to:
Attn: Your Program City
1112 W. Ben White Blvd.
Austin, TX 78704

For Pacific Region (Australia, New Zealand, Fiji) or Internship Programs, send to:
Attn: Your Program City
12050 N. Pecos St., Suite 320
Westminster, CO 80234

Your complete application package will be promptly reviewed by your ISA Program Manager and forwarded to the host institution for approval, if applicable.

You will receive notification of your enrollment status via email, and if accepted, be provided with access to post-acceptance forms and payment information in your ISA Student Portal.

The ISA final forms and payment deadline is approximately 2 weeks after the application deadline. You are responsible for submitting all post-acceptance forms and payment through your portal by your deadline, otherwise late fees may apply. Please check our website for specific deadlines and plan accordingly. We encourage you to apply early to allow yourself plenty of time to complete all items outlined in your portal.

If you have any questions, please contact us by phone at 512-480-8522, or by email at

1.For most ISA programs, students with a GPA that falls below the requirement can submit at least one academic letter of recommendation and a letter of intent for consideration into the program. The letter of intent should be submitted on the ISA student portal and explain why the applicant wants to study abroad, and how it will affect his or her academic and professional career. It is also a great opportunity to explain the lower GPA, for example, if there were certain uncontrollable circumstances affecting his or her coursework. Please keep in mind that submitting an academic letter of recommendation and letter of intent does not automatically guarantee admission into the program.
The following ISA programs will NOT consider students whose GPA falls below their minimum requirement: Pompeu Fabra University and the Autonomous University of Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain; the University of Economics in Prague, Czech Republic; King's College in London, England; Queen Mary, University of London in London, England; University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji; and Griffith University in Brisbane and Gold Coast, Australia. 1

2. Please be aware that the $200 application deposit is non-refundable unless ISA is unable to accept you into the program.2

3. The academic letter of recommendation must be on university letterhead and include the signature and title of the reference.3

4. The letter of intent should be approximately 500 words, written by the prospective student, explaining why he or she wants to study abroad, and how it will affect his or her academic and professional career. 4